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"They Put a Moonlander on the Earth!" is the fifty-eighth episode of DuckTales. It premiered on September 28, 2020 and is the ninth episode of the third season.


Webby is searching for the boys in McDuck Manor, but becomes distracted by Penumbra who is living in their backyard attempting to fix her ship so that she can return to the moon. Webby extends an invitation to hang out with her, but she turns her down, wanting to return home as soon as possible. She eventually finds Dewey and Louie watching Ottoman Empire when a commercial for Flintheart Glomgold's latest venture comes on; the "Flint Ferris Glom Wheel". Webby reluctantly decides to go while Dewey also wants to come due to an incident involving another child named Timmy Jenkins getting media attention from Glomgold's previous failed ride.

Della visits Penumbra who is hard at work on her ship, and she determines that she is afraid of trying new things. Penumbra reveals that she did have coffee with Launchpad, but that did not go over well. Webby and Dewey arrive asking for Penumbra to join them at the pier where she once again turns them down so that she can discuss her departure with the rest of her people. However, while discussing this with Gibbous and Zenith, she learns that all the other aliens do not want to return home. They further admit that none of them think that Penumbra is capable of having fun. Spurned by this, Penumbra accepts Webby's invitation.

Gibbous is revealed to have been hired by Glomgold to be his assistant as he is unaware of his treachery, or the fact that he constantly mentions them as the threat that he defeated. Glomgold's new Ferris wheel is part of a grander scheme and wants nothing to go wrong. Launchpad drives Penumbra, Dewey and Webby to the pier, but is nervous trying to talk to Penumbra as he knows that the date went bad and wants to make it up to her. During the transit, Launchpad falls out the limo and Penumbra tries to stop it, only for Webby to do so by stomping on the brakes, while Penumbra lands on a pile of fish.

Webby and Dewey show Penumbra around on the pier and attempt to get her to enjoy herself. However, Penumbra fails to enjoy any of the activities. While all this is going on, Launchpad tries to speak to her, but constantly chickens out. Glomgold's ferris wheel turns out to not be up to code, while discussing it with Gibbous, he sarcastically asks him to call the safety inspector, which he does. Eventually, Penumbra breaks down and declares that earth is the worst and that she has no place being there. Webby admits that she was afraid when she first left McDuck Manor, but that she made a new version of herself and that she can too if she gives it a chance. She offers her a burger and Penumbra ends up liking it; gorging several down.

In the evening, Webby offers Penumbra an ice cream sundae and she eats it hurriedly, causing her to get brain freeze. The safety inspector arrives and immediately declares the ferris wheel unsafe. Upon seeing Penumbra acting wild over the brain freeze, Glomgold shifts the blame to her and everyone begins to chase her, causing her to hate earth again. They run to the Ferris wheel, but Webby and Dewey end up getting stuck in one of the cars and end up at the top. Glomgold reveals that his Ferris wheel is actually a cannon, set to be aimed at McDuck Manor, though the safety inspector states that it is unlikely to be effective and will collapse on itself.

With Launchpad and Gibbous' help, Penumbra manages to get to the top of the ferris wheel, declaring that she is having fun now, and rescues the children before the wheel collapses. Glomgold attempts to fire the cannonball from the wheel, but it lands on his foot instead, and collapses from the weight of the papers from the safety inspector which are the fines for both safety violations and damages to the Pier, along with a letter from Jenkins. Launchpad finally talks to Penumbra who tells him that while she is not interested in dating him, she does consider him a formidable ally and would not mind fighting alongside him. Dewey once again fails to get media recognition with Jenkins getting the spotlight despite not getting on the ride.

Penumbra, now wearing a t-shirt and lacking her helmet, recounts the story to Gibbous, Zenith and Della with Webby and Dewey beside her. She adds that she will stay on earth as long as she wants, or at least as long as it needs saving. Launchpad arrives to pick them up, with Penumbra learning that he is "surprisingly adapt at dismantling aircraft", as she decided to take apart her ship. She happily brings Della and the kids along as they head back to McDuck Manor.



  • The title is a parody of the beginning of a common complaint that usually starts, "They put a man on the moon, but they can't..." followed by the thing that someone is complaining about.
  • The Hamburger Hippo fast food restaurant that Penumbra, Dewey, and Webby visit is based off the location of the same name from Darkwing Duck.
  • Flintheart Glomgold is revealed to be claiming that he defeated the aliens on the moon.
  • The Moonlanders are revealed to have integrated into earth society.
    • In addition, Gibbous now works for Glomgold and has replaced Zan Owlson as Glomgold's assistant.
  • Penumbra is weirded out at seeing Webby and Dewey feeding non-humanoid ducks. This serves as a callback to Fantasia 2000, where Donald looks at non-anthropomorphic ducks. According to Frank Angones, they had been looking for an excuse to include this joke.
  • Lunaris' ship can briefly be seen floating in the sky at the end of the episode.
  • Dewey's voice actor Ben Schwartz also voices Timmy Jenkins.
  • Penumbra seems to call earthlings "Della"; real Della "Friend Della", Webby "New Della" and Dewey "Blue Della".
  • Penumbra tells Launchpad that she "does not wish to date an earth...male". Writer Sam King confirmed that Penumbra is a lesbian.[1]

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2017 series: Della DuckLenaBradford BuzzardCaptain PeghookManny the Headless Man-HorsePixiuGabby McStabbersonHack and Slash SmashnikovRoxanne FeatherlyToad Liu HaiMark BeaksFalcon GravesAmunetSabafToth-RaZeusSeleneStorkulesCharybdisBriar and BrambleDarkwing DuckGosalyn MallardMegavoltDon KarnageQuackerjackLiquidatorBlack HeronZan OwlsonFisherMannDrosera occidendumJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesFethry DuckJohn D. RockerduckJeevesGavinGrandpappy BeagleViolet SabrewingUnicornPercival P. PeppingtonNightmare BeastPaddywhackBushrootNegaduckDaisy DuckGoofyChip and Dale Monterey JackZipperGadget HackwrenchKit CloudkickerTaurus BulbaMolly CunninghamLieutenant PenumbraGeneral LunarisGilded ManNeighbor JonesSteelbeakIsabella FinchIndy and Ty SabrewingTittertwill Bird of KnowledgeAletheiaVeroKing HonestusEmma GlamourInspector TezukaAkitaStrongbeardHeckaJormungandrPonce de LeonMatilda McDuckEmutilda

1987 series

Season One: "The Treasure of the Golden Suns" • "Send in the Clones" • "Sphinx for the Memories" • "Where No Duck Has Gone Before" • "Armstrong" • "Robot Robbers" • "Magica's Shadow War" • "Master of the Djinni" • "Hotel Strangeduck" • "Lost Crown of Genghis Khan" • "Duckman of Aquatraz" • "The Money Vanishes" • "Sir Gyro de Gearloose" • "Dinosaur Ducks" • "Hero for Hire" • "Superdoo!" • "Maid of the Myth" • "Down and Out in Duckburg" • "Much Ado About Scrooge" • "Top Duck" • "Pearl of Wisdom" • "The Curse of Castle McDuck" • "Launchpad's Civil War" • "Sweet Duck of Youth" • "Earth Quack" • "Home Sweet Homer" • "Bermuda Triangle Tangle" • "Micro Ducks from Outer Space" • "Back to the Klondike" • "Horse Scents" • "Scrooge's Pet" • "Catch as Cash Can" • "Merit-Time Adventure" • "The Golden Fleecing" • "Ducks of the West" • "Time Teasers" • "Back Out in the Outback" • "Raiders of the Lost Harp" • "The Right Duck" • "Scroogerello" • "Double-O-Duck" • "Luck o' the Ducks" • "Duckworth's Revolt" • "Magica's Magic Mirror"/"Take Me Out of the Ballgame" • "Duck to the Future" • "Jungle Duck" • "Launchpad's First Crash" • "Dime Enough for Luck" • "Duck in the Iron Mask" • "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" • "The Status Seekers" • "Nothing to Fear" • "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. McDuck" • "Once Upon a Dime" • "Spies in Their Eyes" • "All Ducks on Deck" • "Ducky Horror Picture Show" • "Till Nephews Do Us Part"
Season Two: "Time is Money" • "Super DuckTales"
Season Three: "The Land of Trala La" • "Allowance Day" • "Bubbeo & Juliet" • "The Good Muddahs" • "My Mother the Psychic" • "Metal Attraction" • "Dough Ray Me" • "Bubba's Big Brainstorm" • "The Big Flub" • "A Case of Mistaken Secret Identity" • "Blue Collar Scrooge" • "Beaglemania" • "Yuppy Ducks" • "The Bride Wore Stripes" • "The Unbreakable Bin" • "Attack of the Fifty-Foot Webby" • "The Masked Mallard" • "A DuckTales Valentine"
Season Four: "Ducky Mountain High" • "Attack of the Metal Mites" • "The Duck Who Knew Too Much" • "New Gizmo-Kids on the Block" • "Scrooge's Last Adventure" • "The Golden Goose"

2017 series
Season One: "Woo-oo!" • "Daytrip of Doom!" • "The Great Dime Chase!" • "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!" • "Terror of the Terra-firmians!" • "The House of the Lucky Gander!" • "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" • "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!" • "The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!" • "The Spear of Selene!" • "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!" • "The Missing Links of Moorshire!" • "McMystery at McDuck McManor!" • "JAW$!" • "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains!" • "Day of the Only Child!" • "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!" • "Who is Gizmoduck?!" • "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!" • "Sky Pirates...in the Sky!" • "The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck!" • "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!" • "The Shadow War!"
Season Two: "The Most Dangerous Game...Night!" • "The Depths of Cousin Fethry!" • "The Ballad of Duke Baloney!" • "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!" • "Storkules in Duckburg!" • "Last Christmas!" • "What Ever Happened to Della Duck?!" • "Treasure of the Found Lamp!" • "The Outlaw Scrooge McDuck!" • "The 87 Cent Solution!" • "The Golden Spear!" • "Nothing Can Stop Della Duck!" • "Raiders of the Doomsday Vault!" • "Friendship Hates Magic!" • "The Dangerous Chemistry of Gandra Dee!" • "The Duck Knight Returns!" • "What Ever Happened to Donald Duck?!" • "Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!" • "A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!" • "The Golden Armory of Cornelius Coot!" • "Timephoon!" • "GlomTales!" • "The Richest Duck in the World!" • "Moonvasion!"
Season Three "Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!" • "Quack Pack!" • "Double-O-Duck in You Only Crash Twice!" • "The Lost Harp of Mervana!" • "Louie's Eleven!" • "Astro B.O.Y.D.!" • "The Rumble for Ragnarok!" • "The Phantom and the Sorceress!" • "They Put a Moonlander on the Earth!" • "The Trickening!" • "The Forbidden Fountain of the Foreverglades!" • "Let's Get Dangerous!" • "Escape from the ImpossiBin!" • "The Split Sword of Swanstantine!" • "New Gods on the Block!" • "The First Adventure!" • "The Fight for Castle McDuck!" • "How Santa Stole Christmas!" • "Beaks in the Shell!" • "The Lost Cargo of Kit Cloudkicker!" • "The Life And Crimes of Scrooge McDuck!" • "The Last Adventure!"

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See also
Carl BarksThe Disney AfternoonDarkwing DuckQuack PackDisney XD (Netherlands)Let's Go to Disneyland Paris